NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018

NEET Eligibility CriteriaNEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 - MBBS and BDS aspirants can check the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria as specified by the CBSE. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Under Graduation (NEET UG) will be conducted tentatively in the first week of May 2018 in offline mode. The eligibility criteria of NEET 2018 specifies the academic qualifications, age limit, residency status, number of attempts and other requirements that must be met by all candidates appearing for the entrance exam. Candidates may note that the NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 to appear for the exam will be separate from the eligibility for admissions. NEET is the single entrance examination in the country for admissions to MBBS and BDS programmes conducted in 10 languages. Candidates are advised to check the NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria carefully before applying for the examination as they may not be allowed to appear if they fail to meet the same.

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Quick Facts of NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018



Qualifying Exam

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as subjects

Minimum Age Limit

17 years

Qualifying Marks

UR - 50%, OBC/SC/ST- 40%, PWD- 45%

Maximum Attempts



Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals

For any doubt and queries, Call the NEET UG helpline number at 011-40360360.


The above-mentioned facts are explained in detail below.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 - Qualifying Exam

Candidates must check the academic qualifying criteria of NEET 2018 they are required to meet before they apply. The different qualifying exams candidates can clear to become eligible for NEET has been specified by the CBSE. Candidates will have to enter the corresponding qualifying exam code while filling the exam. The details of the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria can be seen below.


NEET Qualifications and Qualifying Examination Codes

Qualifying Examination Codes


Code 1

Students who will be appearing in Class 12 Board Examinations or whose result is awaited are eligible to appear for NEET 2018.

In case a candidate does not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage of marks, then they will not be eligible for admissions.

Code 2

The Senior Secondary Education or the Indian School Certificate examination after a period of 12 years’ study, where the last two years of such study consist of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology or Mathematics or any other elective subject with core-level English.

Code 3

The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in science as offered by an Indian University/Board or other recognised examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Bio-technology and also English as compulsory subjects.

Code 4

The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology & English after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination. This will also include the practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.

Code 5

The first year of the three years’ degree course from a recognised University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Bio-technology including practical tests and core-level English.

Code 6

Candidate should have passed B.Sc. from an Indian University with not less than two of the subjects among Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany & Zoology)/Bio-technology. Not only this, the candidate should have cleared the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.

Code 7

Apart from the above-mentioned examinations, any exam which is found to be equivalent to the intermediate science examination of an Indian University/Board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as compulsory subjects will be considered. It should also include practical tests in each subject.

Note: Medical or science colleges may conduct the Pre-medical courses. Also, marks scored in Mathematics are not to be considered for admissions to MBBS/BDS courses.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 - Age criteria

According to the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria, a candidate has to complete 17 years of age either at the time of admissions or else on or before December 31, 2018. According to the SC order passed on March 31, 2017, there is no maximum age limit to appear for NEET.

NEET 2018 Age criteria

S. No


Age Criteria


For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR)

born on or before January 1, 2002


For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC Category

born on or before January 1, 2002

What are the Qualifying Marks for NEET 2018?

  • To fulfill the NEET eligibility criteria 2018, candidate must have passed in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English. The candidates belonging to General Category should score a minimum of 50% marks in Class 12 or HSC examination.

  • Candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes (OBC) should score a minimum of 40% in their Class 12 or HSC examination.

  • For persons with locomotor disability of lower limbs, a minimum of 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH are required.

Minimum Marks Percentage for NEET 2018 in class 10 or 12


Marks in 10+2 or HSC examination







How many attempts are allowed for NEET 2018?

From 2017 onwards, candidates are allowed a total of three attempts in NEET. If they haven’t appeared for NEET 2017, then their appearance for NEET 2018 will be considered as the first attempt and they will be able to appear in NEET two more times.


Nationality of candidates for NEET 2018

  • Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) & Foreign Nationals are eligible for admission in Medical/Dental Colleges.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 for 15% All India Quota Seats

  • Candidates who fall under these categories - Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) & Foreign Nationals are eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats.

  • Candidates from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and J&K are not eligible for 15% All India quota seats as these three states had opted out of All India scheme since its inception. If candidates claim the eligibility under this criterion, they must submit a Self Declaration form online. Candidates are suggested to take a print out of the form as they may be required to present it during counselling.

Note: In case, the online Self Declaration of the candidates is found to be false at any time, the admission of candidates shall be cancelled and criminal proceedings may be initiated against them.

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